AskDefine | Define lit

Dictionary Definition

light adj
1 of comparatively little physical weight or density; "a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C" [ant: heavy]
2 (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder" [syn: light-colored] [ant: dark]
3 of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons" [ant: heavy]
4 not great in degree or quantity or number; "a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney" [ant: heavy]
5 psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles; "a light heart" [ant: heavy]
6 characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light" [ant: dark]
7 used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress; "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable" [syn: unaccented, weak]
8 easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned; "a light diet"
9 (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency; "light sandy soil" [syn: friable, sandy]
10 (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell" [syn: clean, clear, unclouded]
11 moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step" [syn: lightsome, tripping]
12 demanding little effort; not burdensome; "light housework"; "light exercise"
13 of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze" [ant: heavy]
14 (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average; "light water is ordinary water" [ant: heavy]
15 weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep" [syn: faint, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded]
16 very thin and insubstantial; "thin paper"; "flimsy voile"; "light summer dresses" [syn: flimsy]
17 marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious meals"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper" [syn: abstemious, light(a)]
18 less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight" [syn: scant(p), short]
19 having little importance; "losing his job was no light matter"
20 intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound; "light verse"; "a light comedy"
21 silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter" [syn: idle]
22 having a spongy or flaky texture; well-leavened; "light pastries"
23 designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; "light aircraft"; "a light truck"
24 having relatively few calories; "diet cola"; "light (or lite) beer"; "lite (or light) mayonnaise"; "a low-cal diet" [syn: lite, low-cal]
25 (of sleep) easily disturbed; "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night" [syn: wakeful]
26 casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: easy, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton]

Noun

1 (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window" [syn: visible light, visible radiation]
2 any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights" [syn: light source]
3 a particular perspective or aspect of a situation; "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
4 the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light; "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun" [syn: luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness]
5 an illuminated area; "he stepped into the light"
6 a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God's light" [syn: illumination]
7 the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark" [syn: lightness]
8 a person regarded very fondly; "the light of my life"
9 mental understanding as an enlightening experience; "he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?"
10 having abundant light or illumination; "they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good" [syn: lighting] [ant: dark]
11 public awareness; "it brought the scandal to light"
12 brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye" [syn: sparkle, spark]
13 a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul [syn: Inner Light, Light Within, Christ Within]
14 a visual warning signal; "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
15 a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?" [syn: lighter, igniter, ignitor] adv : with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light" [syn: lightly]

Verb

1 make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit" [syn: illume, illumine, light up, illuminate]
2 begin to smoke; "After the meal, some of the diners lit up" [syn: light up, fire up]
3 to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him" [syn: alight, perch]
4 cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette" [syn: ignite] [ant: snuff out]
5 fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims" [syn: fall]
6 get off (a horse) [syn: unhorse, dismount, get off, get down] [also: lit]lit adj
1 provided with artificial light; "illuminated advertising"; "looked up at the lighted windows"; "a brightly lit room"; "a well-lighted stairwell" [syn: illuminated, lighted, well-lighted]
2 set afire or burning; "the lighted candles"; "a lighted cigarette"; "a lit firecracker" [syn: lighted] [ant: unlighted] n : the humanistic study of a body of literature; "he took a course in Russian lit" [syn: literature] [also: litai (pl)]lit See light [also: litai (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /'lɪt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪt

Verb

lit
  1. past of light

Noun

  1. Abbreviated form of literature.

Derived terms

Adjective

  1. Lighted.
    • He walked down the lit corridor.
  2. Intoxicated or under the influence of drugs; stoned.

Translations

Lighted
Intoxicated or under the influence of drugs; stoned

Derived terms

Faroese

Pronunciation

  • [lɪːt]

Etymology

From the verb líta (‘to view’)

Noun

lit s
  1. short wink, view, look

Declension

Synonyms

Derived terms

French

Pronunciation

Etymology

From lectus.

Noun

fr-noun m
  1. bed
    Où est-il? Il dort dans son lit. - Where is he? He's sleeping in his bed.

Verb

lit
  1. Third person singular present tense of lire (reads)
    Jean lit très souvent. - John reads very often.

Polish

Pronunciation

  • /lit/|lang=pl

Noun

  1. lithium

Declension

Swedish

Noun

  1. trust

Synonyms

See also

Volapük

vo-noun lit

Etymology

German Licht and English light

Noun

lit

Extensive Definition

Lit may refer to:

See also

lit in Esperanto: LIT
lit in Italian: LIT
lit in Kölsch: LIT (Watt ėßß datt?)
lit in Polish: Lit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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